Hurricane Irene  may have caused a postponement, but turn-out and spirits were high and the culinary entries were deelish.

Geoff Rieff's chili was soooo delicious, the judges and everyone else ("the people") agreed that it was the best of the 11 entries.  Here's Geoff receiving both trophies and being congratulated by his faithful dog.

Chili judges Louise Nielsen, Michael Houghton and Rita Calvert.

Earlier, our chili judges were spotted doing their jobs.  Louise, shown on the left, is a chef instructor at the Anne Arundel Community College.  Michael is a former chef and winner of Virginia's State Chili Contest.  And Rita is a chef, food writer, and Homestead's food blogger.  Pretty darn qualified  judges!

Excited much?  Joyce McCrory's salsa was the judges' choice.  That's Homestead's Events Coordinator Bonnie Finlay on the left holding the mock check and having a good laugh at Joyce's exuberance.

Salsa by Devil's Bite was the choice of "the People" - Tomato Festival-goers.  And a portion of the proceeds of the chili and salsa contests went to Save the  Coconuts, which aims to end breast cancer.

But let's not forget one more competition - the Ledo's Pizza eating-contest, which was caught on video by Eye on Annapolis.  Richard Landon (pictured above)  is the Champion of the Ledo's Fastest Eating Pizza Contest - for the second year in a row!  Clearly a force to be reckoned with.

Crofton's own Andy Poxon wow'd the crowd again this year.

Thanks to everyone for being part of such a terrific event.  Let's do it again next year!

Photos by Tim Hamilton and Susan Harris.

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